Berkshire Scouts Mountain Team is here to support all leaders in getting their young people out in to the mountains and wildernesses of the UK.
We run regular weekends and evening workshops throughout the year for any adult involved in Scouting in Berkshire to develop their skills. The intention of these weekends and workshops is to provide leaders with a progressive series of events culminating in a successful assessment for a hillwalking permit, the qualification required to taking young people out into the hills.
Through our training programme we aim to cover the full range of skills sets right through from those first learning how to read a map and use a compass to those at the top of their game who want to master crampons and ice axes in full-on winter conditions.
Our training programme for 2019 can be found at the bottom of the page.
Whilst our main focus is our weekend programme we have an active Facebook group that exists to provide support and a sense of community to all leaders in Berkshire. It’s a great place to ask questions, discuss upcoming trips or show off with photos of your recent mountain adventures.
You’ll find most of the county training team on there along with existing and aspirant permit holders. To keep it to Scout leaders it’s a private group so please have your membership number handy.
Brecon Beacons weekend: 6-7th July
This weekend is suitable for all adults with an interesting in hillwalking and wild camping. We will be wild camping out in the mountains on Saturday night for a true wilderness experience.
This weekend will offer opportunities for Terrain 1 and lightweight expedition training and assessment.
Registration is open now (link below). Don’t be put off if you don’t have a tent or stove – please ask! Cost is £7 for the campsite (please book the site yourself, details in the link) https://forms.gle/BKDC7bGS5W75g6kCA
Peak District weekend: 6-8th September
This weekend will be joint with the climbing team and is suitable for all adults with an interesting in hillwalking and/or outdoor climbing (novice climbers welcome). Accommodation will be indoors.
Registration will open later in the year. All climbing equipment can be provided.
Lake District Permit Development weekend: 2-3rd November
This weekend will be aimed at those who already hold permits or experienced hillwalkers and will focus on introducing new skills and activities beyond that required for a permit. Accommodation will be indoors.
Yr Hafod, Snowdonia: 17-19th January 2020
Our very popular annual trip to the heart of Snowdonia. The weekend will offer Terrain 1 and 2 training and assessment opportunities. Accommodation will be indoors.
Yr Hafod, Snowdonia: 18-20th January 2019
Winter hillwalking weekend: 8–10th February 2019
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